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4. FIW-Workshop: Foreign Direct Investment- Determinants and Home Market Effects



March, 7th 2008

Venue: Austrian Ministery of Economics and Labour

Stubenring 1, 1010 Vienna

Gobelinsaal (1st Floor)

Time: 8.30 a.m.-2.30 p.m.


8:30-8:45 Registration

8:45-9:00 Welcome (Fritz Breuss, Project Leader FIW,WIFO) and Introduction (Yvonne Wolfmayr, FIW,WIFO)


Session I


9:00-9:35 Peter Egger (University of Munich, CES-IFO), Harald Badinger (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration): "Horizontal versus Vertical Interdependence in Multinational Activity"

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9:35-10:10 Heinz Hollenstein (KOF-ETHZ): "Foreign R&D Strategies of Swiss Firms: Characteristics and Policy Implications."

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10:10-10:25 Coffee Break


Session II


10:25-11:00 Harald Oberhofer, Michael Pfaffermayr (University of Innsbruck): "Firm Growth in Multinational Corporate Groups."

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11:00-11:35 Wilfried Altzinger (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration): "On the Profitability of Austrian Foreign Direct Investment-Reinvestment or Repatriation?"

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11:35-11:50 Coffee Break


Session III


11:50-12:25 Christian Bellak, Markus Leibrecht (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration) and Robert Stehrer (wiiw): "Policies to Attract Foreign Direct Investment: An Industry Level Approach."

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12:25-13:00 Martin Falk (WIFO): "Effects of Foreign Ownership on Innovation and Productivity."

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13:00-13:30 Buffet


Policy Panel 13:30-14:30

"Inward and Outward Foreign Direct Investments: What are the issues and what can policy do to meet the challenges?"


Moderation: Fritz Breuss

Ralf Kronberger (WKO)

Gaspar Frontini (EU Commission, DG Trade)

Matilde Madrid (Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Spain)

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Monika Bednarik-Belan (AWSG - Austria Wirtschaftsservice)


The Workshop was held in English.


Participation at the Workshop was free of charge.

Wilfried Altzinger (left) and Martin Falk (right) presentating.


The next lecturer Harald Oberhofer presentating his studies.



The participants of the workshop in the commodious Gobelin-Hall of the Ministry for Economics and Labour.


The concluding panel discussion lead by moderator Fritz Breuss.